's Headlines Archives - 2004
Headlines in the month of March
* Day Two: Chillingly cold but deals warm up
* Tribunal orders Star, Zee to pay service tax
* Comedy power to buttress Zee's 8 pm
* Queen Mary 2 docks in India on Discovery
* Tam India's paper wins accolades at Esomar conf
* MipTV: The hidden goldmine for TV prod & b'casters
* Viacom hatching plans for homosexual channel
* 'Everybody Loves Raymond' helps CBS come out top
* Broadband Pacenet braces itself for convergence era
* Jay Leno to keep his chin up on NBC till 2009
* NDS, Foxtel ventures into digital subscription in Oz
* Fifth year of football for SET Asia
(31 March 2004)
* Court ruling on political ads may be contested
* As Star News turns 1, innovation the buzzward
* MTV International, Herbert Kloiber, Len Mauger to receive Emmy's Special Award
* SAVVIS enables Intl emmy awards judging frm home
* Reality TV to debut on Pakistan's Cross Current
* Three Amigos' animation shorts screened at Cannes
* Ary digi. announce US tour to promote Indo-Pak bonds
* 'Balle-Balle' claims top slot amongst Punjabi channels
* Veteran BBC broadcaster Alistair Cooke passes away
* 13 years on, Disney enjoys 'Winnie'ng feeling
* BBC Two's Jane Root to join Discovery
* Padmalaya, Mondo TV announce alliance at MIPTV
* Raider Prod. on the lookout for 'TheWorlds best independent Animated Shorts'
* MipTV 2004: Day One Notes
* MipDoc 2004 shows improved numbers
(30 March 2004)
* Haber scores with Hollywood Shootout & World Poker distrib. rights
* TVFilmbiz secures b'cast rights for 'Planet's Funniest Animals'
* MarVista inks sales deals at first MIP appearance
* NGC's JV with Korea's CJ Media
* WWE announces deals at Mip TV for Europe, ME
* Ratings climb higher for Ten, DD catches up
* Jain targets better distribution in Mumbai
* Antonellis to oversee IPR initiatives for Warner Bros.
* R. Disney emphasies need for accountability at Disney
* WWE seeks to expand business with intl broadcasters
* Americans getting an overdose of reality TV: study
(29 March 2004)
* MipTV witnesses 100 prod of Francophone countries
* Singapore to host Asia's largest media event in June
* Padmalaya in $14 million co-production deal
* India TV to launch with 4-hour 'test feed'
* Vajpayee leads says Zee News opinion poll
(27 March 2004)
* Polls give channels more time for news restructure
* WWE expects record PPV rev from WrestlemaniaXX
* Tech TV lands in Comcast lap
* Star World to air Celine Dion Las Vegas concert live
* ARY Digital bags Bollywood Awards telecast rights
* Colour TV clocks polychromatic half century
* Globecast ties with Brazil b'casters for Olympics
* FA's signs up new European TV rights partners
* Cartoon Net. US' lines up fresh 'Adult Swim' shows
* MTV is Iglesias concert broadcast partner
* Robust TV adspend growth: Casbaa
(26 March 2004)
* Sahara gets comedy to pep up 8 pm band
* SS Music's 'VJ Factor' hits Cochin
* MarVista Ent strikes a deal with Brookwell McNamara Ent
* Rajesh Khanna to be conferred lifetime achievement award at Bollywood Awards
* Int Emmy awards last day for entries announced
(25 March 2004)
* Election opinion poll results exclusive on NDTV
* NCTA commits to helping families block undesirable content
* Zee ups consumer push for Dish TV
* Max manages decent ratings from U-19 cricket cup
* In the wake of elections, BBC Hindi launches three new series
* FCC comes down on Golden Globes for profane word
* Global broadband universe crosses 100 million mark
* Viacom is spreading its tentacles in China
* BBC to launch UK's first radio Asian soap
* Reuters looks to protect IPR through latest tie up
* Star News' exclusive survey questions the Gandhi clan's credibility
(24 March 2004)
* UTV's 'Meher' turns daily on DD
* Orion acquires exclusive US license for Hugo
* FTV anniversary special: party at MIPTV, video stream on mobile
* News Corp protests Nielsen meters in NY
(23 March 2004)
* Olympic panel marketing director holds talks with Prasar Bharati officials
* Sanjay Pugalia joining TV18 as editor Hindi programming
* Star Gold trails the men in uniform
* Sony's revamped crime buster garners better rating
* Fox News' deal with Worldspace
* Guo Xiao Yong is Star's chief technology officer
* IBC's deal with Asia Ent Group for series on Hollywood
* ESPN celebrates 25th anniversary with fan based website
* TV turn off week in US in April
* CNN documentary marks anniversary of Iraq war
* 'American Idol' producers tailor another UK based reality show for US
* Indo-Pak series ODI opener gets Ten Sports the ratings
* Zee has 3 months for news restructure
(22 March 2004)
* Zee moves application to restructure news uplinking operations
* In China, Star takes to the wireless
* Zee Music rocks Mumbai with Sound of India
* Cinevistaas' looks at different pastures
* Broadband is the key to the future
* Hathway eyes mass broadband Internet market with slashed price points
* ETC Music to launch exclusive SMS show
* Dragon to roar in India's tech market
* Aaj Tak's new programming initiative 'Kyun Sune Aap Ki'
* ImaginAsian Ent appoints Anil Srivatsa as senior VP
* Inmarsat applies for license, signs new distrib partner
* Titanic ratings spurs Vijay to bring in more dubbed movies
* Ex-DD news anchor Rahul Dev joins Zee News
(20 March 2004)
* Beehive to introduce new digital news gathering solution liveíburst
* Star looking to launch Hindi entertainment, kids channel
* MTV, Balaji launching youth serial
* Reliance Cap transfers 3.24% TV18 stake into Vision Fund
* 75 per cent of US homes have access to the net: Nielsen
* RTL, Canal+ Group sell their stakes in Sportfive
* Dutch cable op Essent Kabelcom partners with Irdeto Access
* Pakistan's Evernew Entertainment looking to grow business from India
* Gurmeet Singh is new Music Today business head
* Sarma calls for a 'level-playing field' in broadcasting sector
* Fifa announces dates for 2005 Confederations Cup
* BBC, CNN firm up Indian elections coverage plans
* BBC launches 'Home Movie' initiative in the UK
* India Inc prime on CNBC's 'Business this week'
* Managing content on NGN a challenge
* 'Powerless' Josh duo reign on MTV in March
* Hollywood goes to Dubai via Sheeraz Hasan
(19 March 2004)
* DD books transponder space with Isro for DTH
* Essel Propack audited net up 12%
* Indian broadcasters can target NRI in a better way: Eutelsat
* Futureís broadband, personalized services: experts
* Growth in b'casting sector, liberalisation driving ROI via satellite
* DirecTV renews NDS' conditional access contract
* NDS ties up with Korean Co.s to develop CableCARD security
* IBM's end-to-end IT solution to 'animate' Crest Comm
* Qualcomm, Tata to launch push-to-talk telecom service
* RailTel target retail market through branded cyber cafes
* NAPTE's annual student video & film awards are here again
* TM Systems to seek overseas clients at NAB 2004
* Aaj Tak makes waves in the political circuit
* Intelsat bags Loralís North American Satellite Assets
* 'Signs' to premiere on Star Movies this Friday
* '[V] On The Run' finds itself a winner
* Radio City gets crick savvy with 'Cricket Ki Jung'
(18 March 2004)
* Cable TV,telecom networks converging for NGN
* Star News to launch 'Poll Khol' on 1 April
* Ten-DD war of words continue
* DD gets to air matches, but SC puts riders
* Ficci Frames 2004: Creating opportunities and history
* Aaj Tak ropes in Bhajji & Abbas for crick special
* Radio City RJ Sameep Nanda shifts base to Red FM
* Chandra calls for liberal programming code
* Reliance's Broadband Bharat ready to roll
* Leave CAS, pricing to market forces, Guthrie urges
* New shows, feature films in BAG Films' kitty in '04
* IT's walking the 'animated' talk or is it?
* Content, customer service all important: Guthrie
* Vivendi Universal reduces losses for last year
* In-film placement in Indian movies scoffed at Frames
* HTMT declares 50 per cent interim dividend
* Sahara in global partnership with Int Hockey Federation
* Cinema is fine; Television needs a censor
* Frost & Sullivan's report on the streaming media market
* ESS renews deal for English Premier League
* Next gen satellite vital to US broadband economy : Frost & Sullivan
* Hughes Electronics changes name to DirectTV Group
* eBay gives fans of reality TV the chance to pitch ideas
* Asiasat reports 24 per cent decline in profits'
* DD to show Indo Pak series
* Animation Awards : FICCI initiative well timed
(17 March 2004)
* Govt. planning a law on downlinking
* Star News line up to encash on cricket mania l
* Money well spent on ads guaranteed to give returns
* Bollywood beyond the Indian shores
* Telecast row: all eyes on SC now
* Interactivity with viewer, revolutionary thinking to improving ROI for TV
* Indian producers need to co-produce animation
* Bukhatir's India passage facilitated by govt
* Channels seek clarity, relevance from animation producers
* Ballot action prime on CNN's agenda
* Disney's Bird stresses importance of non linear content
* Baijal stresses importance of regulator in facilitating growth
* PWC strikes upbeat note on broadband, net advertising
* Ten to play ball as out of court pact possible'
* FTV relaunching MCM as Trace 1 April
* Bukhatir to abide by SC Order
(16 March 2004)
* Target 10 m broadband subscribers by 2010: CII
* Indian gaming scene to be mobile driven
* Gen Next urged to improvise technology to revolutionise cinema l
* India blamed for lack of good scripts with universal appeal
* Indo Pak cooperation to extend to films, TV software
* Talk Show - Radio session yields little fruit
* Indo-Pak co-production likely in near future
* Moolah to fund traditional movie fare unlikely
* UTV hopes kids channel creates Hungama
* King pin television to retain lion's status by 2008
* 'Bollywood Awards 2004' graces Sheeraz Hasan
* Prasad lures entertainment sector with promised incentives
* Zee to air Grasim Mr. India 2004 - Menjoy!!!
* Crown Media's revenue rises by 29 per cent '
* MTV US, Maverick to co-produce 'Twilight'
* Space Systems/Loral's MBSat satellite launched
* SC orders DD to relay Ten feed in toto, ads and all
(15 March 2004)
* Ten not amused as DD bids to extract maximum from telecast
* 'Kahiin's' Shaina follows Kkusum's footsteps; ditto for Kyunki's new Mandira
* Balle Balle claims to have scaled up on TRP charts
* SAB TV to air hour long news and election analysis
* 'Hardtalk' makes a debut on BBC World with something 'Extra'
* Toonz bags $4.5m Korean deal
* Headlines Today gears up for elections
* FBC plans popular Fashion House format for Indian audience
(13 March 2004)
* Ten commits to give feed to all for Saturday's match
* NDTV's Rs 1billion IPO to fund working cap, prepay loan
* Viacom, Echostar settle dispute
* Thierry Pascal is PGA Tour's intl TV director
* (V) ties up with McDowell's for Enrique Iglesias concert
* Stage set for Frames 2004
* BBC World Service's deal with Foxtel Digital in Australia
* ESS' deal with the Asian Football Confederation
* CNN bolsters coverage in US with key hires
* DD, Ten Sports deal still on 'Ten'terhooks
(12 March 2004)
* Trai exempts Chennai from CAS denotification list
* Cricket telecast talks get curioser
* Rajiv Vyas joins Optimystix as Director
* Parleys on to find way out of cricket telecast impasse
* Zee launching 2 shows on 28 March
* ATN bags exclusive Canadian rights for Indo-Pak cricket series
(11 March 2004)
* Publicis Groupe net up 21.8%
* Intl sports convention SportAccord in May
* Motorola hatches content alliance with MTV Intl
* BBCi gives aspiring filmmakers a minute to make a movie
* 375 companies to participate in Frames
* Comcast says Disney not a 'must have'; Disney sees bid rising
* BBC's mega plans around India Pak cricket series
* Govt attempts arm twisting Ten Sports
* Shanghai to play host to CNBC's third Asia
Business Leader Awards (ABLA) 2004
* Vijay TV unveils election agenda
* Soprano's fifth season debut ratings down from fourth season
* Actress Laura Linney to guest star on 'Frasier'
* Zee's $100m bonds issue on Singapore SE
* Echostar, Viacom play the blame game over signal cut off
* Judith McHale to become Discovery CEO in June
* MTV bids to 'Rock' the voter
(10 March 2004)
* Cable ops say can't pay, threaten to black out Ten Sports
* Trai looking to fix pay channel rates, bundling quantum
* Crest CEO AK Madhavan to continue as international business head
* Radio City 91 gears for elections
* PTVís Kashmiri channel stumps India
(9 March 2004)
* Belly twins to dazzle at Bollywood awards
* Frames to examine in film placement opportunities
* ESS notches up 10 year deal with IHF
* Worldspace launches global subscription plan
* CNBC- TV 18 buttresses evening line-up
* Viacom's Spike TV gets into the 'Wrestlemania' spirit
* BBC's Jana Bennett the keynote speaker at MIPTV, Milia
* CBS gets 53 Daytime Emmy nominations
* Double dose of Disney magic to hit Hong Kong
* ICM poll reveals public views on BBC programmes
* Zee surges into top 50 with Cine Awards
(8 March 2004)
* 'High living' guru Marth Stewart found guilty on all counts
* Bollywood gets technology savvy with 'Chal Hutt'
* Asia-Pac broadcast body, Casbaa to jointly fight piracy
* Cable ops plan to contest Lok Sabha polls
* Zee's Dish DTH service to have 100 channels by April-end
(6 March 2004)
* Unilever head Niall FitzGerald to move to Reuters as chairman
* Etc claims win over Filmfare with Punjabi awards
* After South Africa, IIFA now embraces Singapore
* BBC moving ahead with broadband plans in the UK
* Ten Sports, Masala TV bring hockey Olympic qualifier to Japan
* Formula One viewership on the rise again
* CNN to capitalise on renewed interest in Christ with documentary
* Ten Sports demands parity with ESS on sub base; Mumbai cable ops set for token blackout
* CNN scores big in headliner awards competition in the US
(5 March 2004)
* Business Standard's foreign investment proposal cleared by I&B ministry
* BBC World explores the 'Ad World' with new series
* Star Movies brings intl women's film fest to India
* Pak delegation to take part in Ficci Frames 2004
* Eisner out as Disney chairman, retains CEO title
* TV 18 hits 24% FII trigger limit
* Star News gears up for elections
* Chennai CAS denotification stayed
(4 March 2004)
* MSOs meet reaches dead-end on CAS
* Hearing against 9 Jan Trai notification on 14 April
* 'Kkehna...' to add beef to Sony weekend lineup
* Sony builds prog strategy for '04, block by block
* Academy Awards get better ratings for ABC
* Tennis Masters Series and Cup to be sold as one TV package
* Time Warner completes sale of music group
* Poonam Dhillon shifts allegiance from Congress to BJP
* AOL, Celador Intl team up for 'Millionaire' game
* DD Bharati launches a gamut of programmes
* Barrett to chair US media security and reliability council
(3 March 2004)
* Ten Sports plans to play it 'Straight'
* [V]'s new line up on air soon
* 'Frames 2004' develops unique themes for each day
* Discovery hopes to cash in on dinosaur interest
* BBC Radio gets UK rights to India Pak series
* [V] revs into election gear
* NATPE announces entry submission for video, film prodn awards
* Laura Tunberg is MGM's intellectual property enforcement VP
* I&B secretary beckons to radio
* C'AS and when it happens
(2 March 2004)
* 'Dainik Bhaskar's' Harish Gupta to join Sab TV as news director
* Pakistan Cricket Board to earn $ 22 million from Indo-Pak series
* Dubai-based businessman steps forward to pay for auctioned Zee trophy
* Southern Spice hunts for Hyderabadi veejays
* Star Movies' big one this March is 'Minority Report'
* Zee MGM offers an ode to the Oscars
* India on prime agenda at 12th Convergence India conference
(1 March 2004)


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